Writing North Events

Welcome to Writing North 13: Connections. All events, except the virtual keynote lecture, will be held in the Main Lounge at St. Andrew’s College at the University of Saskatchewan (1121 College Drive) in Saskatoon. Livestreaming or recording is no longer available; we apologize to our virtual audience registrants.

The entire festival is free. All are welcome. All times are posted in Saskatchewan time.

Presenter and host bios are available here.



Virtual Keynote Address “Before and After the Writing: Plotting, Structure and Revision” with Omar El Akkad on Thursday, January 26

7:00 – 8:15 pm

Via Zoom

Join Omar El Akkad and host Kate O’Gorman in this lecture and conversation about writing.

“Before and After the Writing: Plotting, Structure and Revision”

This talk will cover some of the work that goes into planning, structuring and revising a novel-length project, including several examples of character, narrative and chapter outlines. We will also look at some examples of innovative structural elements from various novels, as well as ways of revising and re-reading work once the first draft is completed.

Audience Q&A is welcome after the lecture.


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River Volta MFA Student & Alumni Readings and Reception on Friday, January 27

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Main Lounge, St. Andrew’s College

Featuring readings by:

  • Red Davis
  • Delane Just
  • Ashley Lekach
  • Walker Pityn
  • Callum Wilson
  • Karen Wood

Hosted by Josiah Nelson and Dawn Muenchrath. Reception to follow the readings.



Reading and Conversation with Russell Wangersky and host Marina Endicott on Saturday, January 28

10:00-10:45 am

Main Lounge, St. Andrew’s College


Learn more about presenter Russell Wangersky as he reads from his writing and has a conversation with host Marina Endicott.



Prose Workshop “Truth and Consequences: The Intersection Between Fact and Fiction,” with Russell Wangersky on Saturday, January 28

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Main Lounge, St. Andrew’s College (in person only)

Offered a workshop opportunity on either fiction or nonfiction, Russell chose to do both. The line between the two is simple and inflexible — one is whole truth, and the other can be manufactured out of whole cloth. But the methods the two forms share are far broader than most people are willing to accept.

There’s a fertile field right smack between the two of them that is not without challenges but can also be the best of both worlds.

This is a look at how fiction and non-fiction can inform each other, and how moving between the two genres can enrich your writing.



Reading and Conversation with Cecily Nicholson and host Khodi Dill on Saturday, January 28

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Main Lounge, St. Andrew’s College


Learn more about presenter Cecily Nicholson as she reads from her writing and has a conversation with host Khodi Dill.



Poetry Workshop “Understory Poems” with Cecily Nicholson on Saturday, January 28

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Main Lounge. St. Andrew’s College (in person only)

Understory is the life growing between the floor and canopy of the forest. Often shade-tolerant and hardy, the low-lit saplings, shrubs with waxen leaves, and the trailing vines, teem with activity. The humid ground below provides the base for a spontaneity of fungi, ferns, and flowerless plants. Here habitat supports and generates life and microclimates.

Working with everyday prompts emphasizing place and biome this workshop considers the idea of understory as we craft from small and wondrous perspectives.

Bring one item from home that came from the earth and fits into the palm of your hand. Bring paper.

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